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Rentokil Pilots Facial Recognition System as Way to Exterminate Rats
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Rentokil Pilots Facial Recognition System as Way to Exterminate Rats

U.K. pest control services provider Rentokil is testing facial recognition software as a tool for rat extermination.  

CNET Secretly Used AI on Articles That Didn't Disclose That Fact, Staff Say
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CNET Secretly Used AI on Articles That Didn't Disclose That Fact, Staff Say

"They use AI to rewrite the intros every two weeks or so because Google likes updated content. Eventually it gets so mangled that about every four months a real...

The AI Magic Show
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The AI Magic Show

Explanations about how deep learning and large language models actually work often emphasized incomprehensibility, or a model's explainability or interpretability...

Finally, a Fast Algorithm for Shortest Paths on Negative Graphs
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Finally, a Fast Algorithm for Shortest Paths on Negative Graphs

Researchers can now find the shortest route through a network nearly as fast as theoretically possible, even when some steps can cancel out others.

ChatGPT Stole Your Work. So What Are You Going to Do?
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ChatGPT Stole Your Work. So What Are You Going to Do?

Creators need to pressure the courts, the market, and regulators before it's too late.

Google Calls In Help From Larry Page and Sergey Brin for A.I. Fight
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Google Calls In Help From Larry Page and Sergey Brin for A.I. Fight

A rival chatbot has shaken Google out of its routine, with the founders who left three years ago re-engaging and more than 20 A.I. projects in the works.

Post-Quantum Cryptography
From Communications of the ACM

Post-Quantum Cryptography

Cryptographers seek algorithms quantum computers cannot break.

Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice
From Communications of the ACM

Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice

Advances in artificial intelligence permit computers to converse with humans in seemingly realistic ways.

Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?
From Communications of the ACM

Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?

When fed a sufficient amount of training data, artificial intelligence techniques can be used to generate new ideas in several different ways. Is that creativity...

Is It Human or AI? Tools Help Spot the Bots
From ACM TechNews

Is It Human or AI? Tools Help Spot the Bots

Researchers are developing tools that can identify content created by bots like OpenAI's ChatGPT, which generates text that can be difficult to distinguish from...

Turning Robots into Skilled Waiters
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Turning Robots into Skilled Waiters

Researchers at Germany's Technical University of Munich (TUM) adopted the pendulum's underlying mathematics to develop a model that could improve robots' drinks...

Are We Living in a Computer Simulation, and Can We Hack It?
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Are We Living in a Computer Simulation, and Can We Hack It?

A popular cosmological theory holds that the cosmos runs on quantum codes. So how hard could it be to tweak the supreme algorithm?

Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach
From ACM News

Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach

With the rise of the popular new chatbot ChatGPT, colleges are restructuring some courses and taking preventive measures.

A New Area of A.I. Booms, Even Amid the Tech Gloom
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A New Area of A.I. Booms, Even Amid the Tech Gloom

An investment frenzy over "generative artificial intelligence" has gripped Silicon Valley, as tools that generate text, images and sounds in response to short prompts...

AI to Monitor Changes to Globally Important Glacier
From ACM TechNews

AI to Monitor Changes to Globally Important Glacier

U.K. researchers have adapted an artificial intelligence algorithm to examine satellite images and identify the development of crevasses on the Thwaites Glacier...

CNET Is Quietly Publishing Entire Articles Generated By AI
From ACM News

CNET Is Quietly Publishing Entire Articles Generated By AI

Absent an official announcement of the program, it appears CNET leadership is trying to keep the experiment as lowkey as possible. 

China Turns Its Focus to Deepfakes
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China Turns Its Focus to Deepfakes

The Cyberspace Administration of China Tuesday began enforcement of its "deep synthesis" technology regulations in an effort to prevent the production of "deepfakes...

A.I.-Powered 'Robot Lawyer' Will Appear in a U.S. Court for the First Time
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A.I.-Powered 'Robot Lawyer' Will Appear in a U.S. Court for the First Time

Is it legal?

Who Owns the Content AI Creates?
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Who Owns the Content AI Creates?

AI products like GitHub Copilot and ChatGPT, which ingest human content to make new material, raise novel legal and ethical issues.

'Consciousness' in Robots Was Once Taboo. Now It's the Last Word
From ACM News

'Consciousness' in Robots Was Once Taboo. Now It's the Last Word

The pursuit of artificial awareness may be humankind's next moonshot. But it comes with a host of difficult questions.
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